Singapore offers a multitude of options for world-class school education. On the one hand, there is a local public school system, which focuses on developing 21st century competencies in students from a young age. On the other hand, there are over 40 international schools in the country to cater to the diverse educational needs of the expat families that relocate here from across the world.
Broadly speaking, all parents want their children to experience a great education.But not everyone agrees on what a great education looks like. Is it creative and engaging? Focussed and practical? Data-driven and futuristic? In Singapore, you will be able to find a school that is the right fit for your child’s personality and your family’s requirements.
Singapore’s public schools frequently rank among the finest in the world, especially on maths and science lists.
Their reputation for academic excellence springs from a robust commitment to competitive education. Teachers emphasise procedures and subject mastery resulting in overall excellent performance on standardised examinations and highly disciplined educational environments.
The curriculum for private schools in Singapore varies widely from school to school. Some institutions take the traditional school approach and focus on information recall. Others take the future-proofed approach to education, which is more broadly methodological. With so much diversity in their curricular choices, Singapore’s private schools also vary widely in quality and outcomes. Simply put, if you’ve seen one private school in Singapore, you’ve seen that one school. The international school nearby may offer a totally different approach and produce a different kind of graduate student.
At OWIS, for example, we have adopted inquiry-based programmes that foster curiosity, critical thinking and creativity in your child and place them on the path to lifelong learning. Each school day is an enjoyable balance of academics and holistic development through additional programmes, such as sports, the arts and languages.
Choosing whether to go the local public school route or private school route means taking the following aspects into consideration: